Emerging Leader Master's Award

Scholarship Application Deadline: July 10, 2017


  • Applicants must be a new master’s degree student to an approved School of Education program for the September 2017 start. 
    • Master of Arts in Higher Education
    • Master of Arts in Higher Education – Student Affairs
    • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Students deferring from the 2015-16 academic year are not eligible. Award winners may not defer their enrollment to the 2018-19 start. 
  • This discount does not apply to students returning to an eligible master’s degree program after a leave of absence or other break in enrollment. 
  • Award winners remain eligible for the award if they take a leave of absence or stop out of the program, if the leave or stop-out period is less than one calendar year.
  • Awards may not be transferred to another degree or academic program within the School of Education.


  • A complete application to the appropriate master’s degree program by July 10, 2017
  • A complete online scholarship application by July 10, 2017
  • Submit an essay: In fewer than 1000 words, describe how you will make an impact on an issue in the field of education or counseling that needs to be addressed. 
  • An optional video essay is also accepted in addition to the written submission, but should be no more than three minutes in length.
  • Resume or CV is optional. 
  • Students must submit all scholarship application items electronically. Paper submissions will not be accepted.


  • Award winners will receive up to a 20% discount off the cost of tuition in their chosen program. This discount applies to required degree courses, not electives. 
  • Students may receive this award concurrently with a strategic partner discount. 
  • Students may receive this award concurrently with a Graduate Assistantship award.
  • This award has no cash value.